Monday, May 18, 2009

Pakistan sixth in FIH rankings

LAHORE: Pakistan have climbed two places in world hockey rankings
after reaching the final of the recently-concluded 8th Asia Cup in
Malaysia.

Pakistan were placed at a poor eighth spot after the Beijing Olympic
Games last year but has climbed up to sixth spot. South Korea, which
grabbed the title in the Asia Cup, are now ranked fifth in the world.

According to the latest rankings issued by the International Hockey
Federation (FIH), Germany have retained its top spot followed by
Australia, Spain, Netherlands and Korea. Besides Pakistan, China have
also improved its position by moving to 13th from previous 16th spot.

Other Asia Cup participants dropped a couple of places as well. India
went down from the 10th to the 12th position while Japan dropped from
11th to 14th and Malaysia slipped to 16th from its previous 15th
ranking.

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